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Oct262011

Police Fire Tear Gas to Disperse Occupy Oakland Protesters

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Chaos reigned throughout the streets of downtown Oakland, Calif., Tuesday night and early Wednesday as members of Occupy Oakland tried to take back an encampment they'd been kicked out of earlier by police.

Attempts at returning to Frank Ogawa Plaza, which the protesters renamed Oscar Grant Plaza after an unarmed man who was shot dead by a police officer two years ago, were stymied by tear gas lobbed at the estimated 1,000 people who marched in solidarity with Occupy Oakland.  It's just one of the hundreds of movements that grew out of Occupy Wall Street, which has been protesting corporate greed for more than five weeks in lower Manhattan.

There were confrontations between demonstrators and cops in riot gear all through the night and early morning hours, although police were not believed to be making many arrests in order to defuse the tense situation.

During the raid Tuesday morning to remove the 170 occupants from Frank Ogawa Plaza, there were about 100 arrests.

Meanwhile in Atlanta, 50 people who occupied a park for two weeks were taken into custody Tuesday when they refused to obey police orders to leave.

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